The Health and Safety at Work Act came into affect last year, and changes have been made that affect us all. Some of the key differences for Medcall are:
- Requirement to give workers the highest level of protection reasonably practicable against harm from hazards and risk at work
- New duties imposed on those best able to control risks (including duties on workers)
- Increased penalties for breach
- Due diligence obligations on those who run businesses
- Duties to cooperate with other duty holders
EVERYONE IS RESPONSIBLE
HSWA ensures that everyone has a role to play and makes everyone’s responsibilities clear:
- Businesses have the primary responsibility for the health and safety of their workers and any other workers they influence or direct. They are also responsible for the health and safety of people at risk from the work of their business.
- Officers (company directors, partners, board members, chief executives) must do due diligence to make sure the business understands and is meeting its health and safety responsibilities.
- Workers must take reasonable care for their own health and safety and that their actions don’t adversely affect the health and safety of others.
- Workers must also follow any reasonable health and safety instruction given to them by the business and cooperate with any reasonable business policy or procedure relating to health and safety in the workplace.
- Other people who come into the workplace, such as visitors or customers, also have some health and safety duties to ensure that their actions don’t adversely affect the health and safety of others.
Medcall’s Health and Safety Management practices are available via the website log / portal for staff – or you can just ask for a copy. Also the new employment agreements and our business policies are updated and available via portal or from one of your consultants.